Tough day for se­nior Bears

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies -

Tungamah sup­port­ers made the trek to De­niliquin and took over the BIG 4 car­a­van park for a few days, hop­ing to see the se­niors notch up their 6th win of the sea­son.

Tungamah had about a 4-5 goal breeze in the 1st quar­ter, how­ever it was the Rams that came out blaz­ing, kick­ing the 1st 3 goals into the breeze, un­til Tim Cooper kicked 2 open­ing quar­ter goals to steady.

At 1/4 time the Bears were down 4.1 to 3.3, which in the end was telling.

Deni came out strong in the 2nd quar­ter, us­ing the breeze well.

Jim Irvine was good at cen­tre half for­ward. Jake Jones was get­ting the hitouts, how­ever Tungamah strug­gled to gain the clear­ances.

Bodhi Butts, Travis Hayes and Brady Hayes all bat­tled hard.

At half time the Bears were down 7.6 to 5.5, need­ing a big 3rd quar­ter with the breeze.

This was to be the best quar­ter of footy, slot­ting 5 goals to nil, tak­ing the lead at the last break 10.5 to 7.8. The last quar­ter was a real bat­tle, with Tungamah de­fend­ing strongly in the 1st 10 min­utes, not al­low­ing any goals to Deni, led well by Corey Bourke who played a great game, clunk­ing many marks, sup­ported well by Drew Hae­bich.

How­ever Deni fin­ished strongly and kicked the last 4 goals of the game, to win their 2nd game of the sea­son by 14 points.

Re­serves

Deni Rams 2.1 13 def by Tungamah 17.5 107 A great start by the re­serves against De­niliquin saw Tungamah post goals early.

Will Sharp opened the goal scor­ing, mark­ing strongly at full for­ward. Matt Pow­ell added to the goal count after be­ing awarded a free kick from a sling tackle.

Some great pas­sages of play re­sulted in Ade Con­nell fin­ish­ing with 2 for the quar­ter; Pow­elly us­ing quick hands to get the ball out to Shane Thomp­son who chipped over the top to Ade and Jack Con­nell us­ing his body to gain pos­ses­sion on the wing to again find Ade on the run.

Justin Saun­ders leav­ing the ground after rolling his an­kle was the only neg­a­tive for the quar­ter.

After the break, the back­line com­pris­ing Sam Kel­lock, Liam Con­nell, Nick Gable and Chris John­son de­fended the 25-point lead Tungamah had built with a good dis­play of kick­ing against a very strong wind swirling around the ground.

Alan Richard­son read the ball beau­ti­fully in the pocket and un­selfishly kicked to Will Sharp in the goal square to put through his sec­ond goal for the day.

Matt Pow­ell roved well at cen­tre half for­ward and swooped on the loose ball the put through Tungamah’s 6th unan­swered goal for the day.

Ric­cho made sure ev­ery­one no­ticed his snap from 40 me­ters out cel­e­brat­ing his goal with gusto. Tungamah had all the play in the sec­ond quar­ter with con­tin­ued pres­sure keep­ing the ball in the Bears for­ward line.

A half time lead of 55 points was a good start but the boys were very aware of the need for a per­cent­age boost with a chance of the fi­nal 8 in their sights.

De­niliquin’s in­ten­sity lifted in the third quar­ter and for a pas­sage of 5 min­utes the Bears were all about de­fence.

Tungamah closed the game with a great last quar­ter with young Ja­cob Vella kick­ing the last goal for the day after the siren.

Lach El­liott was great in the ruck all day, Jack Con­nell dom­i­nated the wing with his phys­i­cal pres­ence and while it was a day when the on­ballers and for­wards had most of the play, the back­line led by Sam Kel­lock en­sured any for­ward en­tries by De­niliquin were shut down.

Goals: Tungamah: Adrian Con­nell 6, Wil­liam Sharp 3, Matthew Pow­ell 3, Alan Richard­son 2, Ryan Walker 1, Lach­lan El­liott 1, Jack Con­nell 1.

Best: Tungamah: Adrian Con­nell, Alan Richard­son, Matthew Pow­ell, Wil­liam Sharp, Jack Con­nell, Sam Kel­lock.

Thirds

Deni Rams 7.7 49 def Tungamah 1.2 8

The Bears trav­elled to Deni for the first time to take on one of the top sides in Un­der 17s footy, a lit­tle un­der­manned with 3 el­i­gi­ble boys play­ing full se­nior games, how­ever this also meant op­por­tu­ni­ties for a few 4ths play­ers to back up and play 3rds footy.

The young men bat­tled out the game very well, led by Gus Hes­lin, Mitch Gold­man and Will Sharp in the mid­dle, and sup­ported well by the back­line.

The back­men de­fended well, with Tom El­liott, Seth Hae­bich, Ben Grif­fin and Brock Bate all do­ing a good job. Fletcher Wallden was a handy in­clu­sion at Deni.

It was not un­til after the fi­nal siren that the Bears kicked their 1st and only goal, kicked by Bran­don Ein­sporn. Tungamah outscored their op­po­si­tion in the fi­nal quar­ter, with plenty of tack­ling pres­sure, and be­ing in first for the footy.

In the end they went down by 41 points, but can keep their heads high.

Awards: Win­gates - Gus Hes­lin, Crusty Loaf Bak­ery - Will Sharp, Sub­way - Fletcher Wallden, Tungamah Shop - Mitch Gold­man.

Fourths

Deni Rams 9.11 65 def Tungamah 1.1 7

In yet an­other well fought game, the Tungamah 4ths showed just how much they have im­proved as a team and how well they are play­ing to­gether.

They man­aged to keep Deni, who sit third on the lad­der to only a cou­ple of goals for the first half.

Each and ev­ery one of the boys con­trib­uted and put in 100%, this was ev­i­dent on pa­per and con­firmed by the amaz­ing statis­ti­cian Sally Eales.

Al­though the sec­ond half saw De­niliquin kick away to a con­vinc­ing lead, it also bought the dream alive for two lit­tle men who took the field for the very first time.

Judd Hae­bich and Banjo True both made their de­buts as Bearcubs and stole the show.

Awards: Mac­cas- Judd Hae­bich, Sub­way- Banjo True, Crusty Loaf- Pa­trick Eales, Crusty LoafJack­son Purtell.

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